A large number of children and adults live with Asperger's syndrome without ever being diagnosed. If you feel different from others and relationships with others often seem complicated, it may be Asperger's Syndrome. As Autism Spectrum Disorder specialist Tony Attwood says, Asperger's syndrome is a gift, not a disease. It is not something that needs to be cured, but a talent that needs to be embraced!

Diagnosing Asperger's syndrome

What is Asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's Syndrome is a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The standard classification of mental disorders, the DSM-5-TR, refers to Asperger's syndrome as "Level 1 (i.e. mild) Autism Spectrum Disorder, without accompanying intellectual impairment and without accompanying language impairment". Since there is no associated intellectual handicap, some specialists prefer "high-functioning autism" to Asperger's syndrome.

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What are the main characteristics of Asperger's syndrome?

Characteristics of Asperger's syndrome include unusual behaviors and difficulty with social interactions, such as:

  • Talking incessantly about a certain topic and not noticing that others are not interested,
  • Not making eye contact when speaking to others,
  • Rarely changing facial expression,
  • Not using hand gestures when speaking,
  • Having a hard time making friends,
  • Repetitive movements,
  • High sensitivity to noises, odors, tastes, or sights,
  • Specific, narrow, unusual interests,
  • Becoming upset when there is a change,
  • Having a regular routine,
  • A tendency to take some things literally,
  • Clumsiness.

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